REPORT: First Migrant Caravan Member Arrested After Crossing Border

First of many?


Reports of trouble at the border are really heating up over the weekend. 

With the Migrant Caravan now very close to the border, the skirmishes are bound to heat up.  

Earlier today it was reported that a few members of the Caravan stormed the border and were met with Tear Gas.  

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Now comes word that the first arrest has reportedly occurred after a Caravan Member somehow got across the border.  

What happened next was really something:

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As reported by The Hill:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said this weekend that a man claiming to be a member of the migrant caravan that recently moved northward through Mexico threw rocks at agents in Arizona.

CBP said in a statement on Saturday that agents chased him for almost a mile after he illegally crossed the border. When they found him near a tree, he climbed into the tree, set it on fire and threw rocks at the agents, according CBP. 

The person also threw rocks at a CBP helicopter that responded to the incident, the agency said. 

The man, who was from Honduras, was ultimately arrested and taken into custody, CPB said, adding that he told authorities that he was a member of the migrant caravan that made headlines recently.

He had also been arrested several times previously in Florida, according to CBP.

President Trump has called for the migrants, who are fleeing their homes in Central America, not to be allowed to enter the U.S., saying they present a national security threat.

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The story was confirmed by local ABC15:

A man claiming to be apart of the migrant caravans has been taken into custody after setting a tree on fire and throwing rocks at border patrol agents.

According to the U.S Customs and Border Patrol, agents out of the Yuma sector discovered footprints from someone who had illegally crossed from Mexico into the United States just east of the Andrade, California port of entry around 6 p.m. Friday evening.

Agents radioed for a CBP marine helicopter to assist and help track the person down. The agents tracked the suspect for almost a mile until they found the man near a tree. 

The man reportedly climbed up into the tree, set it on fire, and began throwing rocks at agents on the ground as well as at the CBP helicopter. None of the agents or helicopter were struck, officials said.

The man eventually came down from the tree and was taken into custody. Border officials were able to determine he was a 31-year-old Honduran national illegally in the U.S.

Arresting agents said the man told them he had been part of one of the migrant caravans that had been covered by the media in Mexico recently.

Agents have taken the man to the Yuma Central Processing Center.

Meanwhile, as most Caravan Members are still stuck on the Mexico side of the border, arrests in Tijuana have jumped to 34.

Here is the report from Fox News:

Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants for minor offenses and turned them over for deportation.

A Tijuana city statement late Monday said the 34 — apparently all men — were arrested for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and added they would be deported to their home countries. The main caravan has between 4,000 and 6,000 participants, so those arrested represent less than 1 percent of the total.

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Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has made a point of saying the city is not comfortable with the caravan that began arriving last week, and he compared the Central American group unfavorably with about 3,000 Haitians who ended up in this city bordering San Diego on a failed bid to reach the United States last year.

"The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision," Gastelum said in an interview posted on the city's Facebook page. They came "in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter," renting apartments and making their own food. He said the Haitians found jobs and "inserted themselves in the city's economy" and had not been involved in any disturbances.

The Mexican government gave the Haitians temporary transit permits, and after they failed in attempts to enter the United States, many have since applied for Mexican residency. The majority in the Central American caravan have refused Mexico's repeated offers of residency or asylum, and vowed to cross the border.

The caravan of Central Americans, he said "had arrived all of sudden, with a lot of people — not all ... but a lot — were aggressive and cocky."

Trump administration officials, who have portrayed the migrant caravans as a threat to the United States, have said there were as many as 500 criminals in the groups heading northward, but they haven't said what the crimes were and said they could not reveal the source of the number because they were protecting intelligence sources.

Some local police and residents have expressed concern that portraying the caravan as criminals has tarred its innocent members and exposed them to reprisals.

Some of the largely Honduran migrant were frightened over the weekend when about 500 people in an affluent district of Tijuana staged angry protests against the caravan. Dozens of the more radical protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants are staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers.

Dulce Alvarado, 28, from Lempira, Honduras, said she was stepping out of a corner grocery near the complex carrying her 2-year-old son when she was surrounded by the demonstrators chanting "Get out!" and "We don't want you here!"

"I was very scared," Alvarado said.

A Tijuana police officer helped Alvarado to safety and the protest eventually ended peacefully.

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